Abbotts Lagoon

  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing


  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing


Pierce Point Rd., Inverness, CA,
San Francisco Bay Area
Info: (415) 464-5100
Not allowed, service animals OK
Last Reviewed:
July 2023
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If visiting the lighthouse at Point Reyes, consider making a detour down Pierce Point Road on the peninsula's north side to look for tule elk and take a short hike on the Abbotts Lagoon Trail. Abbott's is a good place for spotting birds—coots, western grebes, hawks, osprey, and quail are common, and if you're very lucky, you may spot a golden eagle. There are 2 benches with views of the lagoon.

Trails and Pathways

Abbotts Lagoon Trail
Trailhead Location:
Parking lot
Typical Width:
30 in. to 4 ft.
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Moderately Firm
Trail Overview:

The beginning of this trail is an easy stroll past pastures and through coastal scrub before skirting along the southern edge of the middle lagoon. The first .6 mile is a combination of compacted dirt, gravel, and sand. Some spots are softer than others. If it's not foggy, you'll catch glimpses of the ocean beyond the dunes however, there is no beach access from the trail unless you can navigate deep sand on an unmaintained trail that narrows to less than 28 inches. At .6-mile a boardwalk has a 1.5” lip at both ends. There is a rock obstacle that has about 22” clearance on the side. Beyond this point the trail is not passable without an all-terrain mobility device. This is a good spot to view the lagoon and look for ducks and a family of otters.

Accessibility Notes: There is a 2 inch threshold at both ends of the bridge. The trail narrows to less than 28 inches after the bridge. Portions of the trail will likely be impassable after rains.


The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – Located at the parking lot.

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